Every magazine carries a conventional house style throughout it’s magazine issues. There are many reasons for doing
this, the main reason is so the magazine had more chance of been recognised for it’s style. Another reason for this
may be as it allows the magazine to carry a professional look and looking professional could lead to rise in
What house style does Q carry?
When looking over the magazines I have reviewed, I have looked over many Q front covers, contents pages and double
page spreads and from these I have be able to pick up on some key points in Q’s house style and the conventional
way they are used in the magazines. A key house style feature that I have picked up through my research is the
masthead and the placement of the masthead. This is not just relevant for Q but in every magazine. Q’s masthead is
a simple red square with a white Q. And this masthead is always placed in the top left hand corner. This is a
conventional house style piece of a Q front cover. In a typical Q magazine there is a limited number of colours used
throughout, this is so the magazine is not to busy and has a professional style carried throughout. The colours
conventionally used in a issue of Q are red, white, black and occasionally grey/sliver and blue. However when a
issues is a special edition or has added pages of interviews in gold is used to show them which I believe shows their
value to the reader. Viewing and analysing Q front covers has aloud me to recognise a key point about the cover
shot of a Q front cover. This key point is that it is very popular for them to place the cover shot in the centre and
frame the image with key events the magazine contains. The artist/artists face is always in the centre of the cover
shot and if the image is covering a large percentage of the page the image always falls to the right. Therefore it
never falls to the left which is where the mast head is placed, which I believe is so the masthead has no attention
drawn away from it as this is the main way the magazine is recognised when it is sold in a shop.
Q House style !